Title: Romeo and Juliet
Rating: T (just to be safe)
Theme: Birthday (it's been stretched very far to accommodate the fic)
Note: The age at which a child becomes an adult in Japan is 20.
“I hear it is Tenten-san’s birthday today.”
Neji hardly looked up from his breakfast to give his uncle a curt nod.
“Yes, it is.”
“How old is she turning?” Hiashi asked.
Hiashi nodded slowly. “Twenty…the same age as you then.”
Neji grunted in assent, the early hours of the morning reducing his already minimal range of vocabulary to monosyllabic noises.
Hiashi continued. “She is legally an adult now.”
Neji merely drank his tea in response.
Neji’s brows furrowed. “Why would you say that?”
Hiashi looked at his nephew. “Have you ever heard of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ laws, Neji?”
There was an uncharacteristically conversational tone to Hiashi’s voice that put Neji on edge. His uncle was never conversational. Lowering his tea cup, Neji kept his face blank—which wasn’t that much of a feat considering he really had no idea what the “Romeo and Juliet” laws were.
“‘Romeo and Juliet’ laws? What do they deal with, infatuation in children?”
“To some extent. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ laws apply to teenage couples involved intimately.”
His previously easy expression of blankness was suddenly requiring a massive amount of effort to stay in place. Neji fought to keep his voice as neutral as it usually was as he asked indifferently, “Really?”
Hiashi nodded. “Yes. Even though teenagers are not of the legal age of consent, many of them still engage in sexual activity. This, of course, is punishable by law as…”
As Hiashi droned on, Neji sat frozen in place, his mind in turmoil. Did his uncle know? Did Gai tell Hiashi of his and Tenten’s frequent disappearances during team get-togethers? Did he find out that Neji’s progressively longer “training sessions” with Tenten now involved the use of body appendages never before utilized and lots of horizontal activity? His thoughts racing, Neji barely registered the fact that Hiashi was finally done with his lecture.
“And that is what the laws are.” Hiashi finished. He gave his nephew a light smile. “But I don’t have to care about the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ laws now, do I?”
“Of course not, uncle,” Neji responded stiffly, struggling to keep a straight face.
“You would never commit statutory rape!”